By Donna Ruhanen
On Sunday October 14, The Community Fund hosted its first youth basketball tournament at the newly refurbished Main Street Basketball Courts in Tuckahoe. The event was held to celebrate the revitalization of this popular recreational space as well as the role that Tuckahoe and The Community Fund had in helping to finance the project, including a $15k discretionary grant made by the Community Fund to pay for the new court surface areas.
Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe residents in 8th and 9th grade were invited to participate and twelve teams signed up with a total of forty-four youth playing in the high energy tournament which lasted four hours and drew over 150 spectators from all three towns. Families and players were able to enjoy a beautiful day out that included a lively DJ, burgers cooked up by Eastchester Ambulance Corp and drinks provided by Eastchester Community Action Partnership. The Village of Tuckahoe Police Department was also on hand, donating sports bottles and athletic towels as giveaways for players and their families. Winners of the tournament were a team from St. Joseph’s school 8th grade - Ryan Burke, Tim Doheny, Owen Gaszo and Connor Molloy.
Tuckahoe native and social media star Maxwell Pearce, famous for his dunking videos and newly accepted role as a Harlem Globetrotter, also came by to support the event, reflecting on the importance that the Main Street Courts have to the broader community. “The renovation of the courts is one of the best things that has happened to the community in a while. The Tuckahoe courts have become a common ground: and a place for peace and joy for all of the neighboring communities that surround us. Endless thank you to everyone who made this happen!” Pearce said.
Amy Korb, The Community Fund’s Executive Director, confirmed that this project and event are a symbol of the future direction in which the Fund is headed. “ The Community Fund sees the need to not only support those critical local agencies through yearly grants but is also allowing more flexibility for funds to be used for capital improvement plans, and community building events that bring Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe together!. As we approach our 100th anniversary, the Fund wants to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our residents.”
The Community Fund’s Annual Campaign during fall is the principal source of fundraising each year. Its success determines the amount of grant allocations distributed to the Fund’s member agencies and community programs serving the residents of Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.
Contributions can be made on The Community Fund website www.thecommunityfund.org, by phone (914) 337-8808 or by sending your pledge, cash or check made payable to The Community Fund, 17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.